MEET OZZIE: The Adorable Dog On Airport Wildlife Patrol

Shout out Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) for trialing the use of dogs to strengthen its comprehensive wildlife management strategy and ensure the safety of aircraft using BNE.

Shout out Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) for trialing the use of dogs to strengthen its comprehensive wildlife management strategy and ensure the safety of aircraft using BNE.

Yayyy for cute puppers and dog stories!

Especially when cute puppers are training and working hard to protect both passengers and wildlife.

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Jackson Ring, BAC’s Wildlife Management & Planning Coordinator, is leading the program and is optimistic about its progress to date.

“While confirmed wildlife strike occurrences are extremely low, accounting for around 0.00059 percent of aircraft movements at Brisbane Airport, we take the risk associated with wildlife on airport seriously and continually invest in programs and research projects aimed to reduce the risk of wildlife strikes.”

“The purpose of Ozzie on the airfield is to act as a predator and deter wildlife from the current and new airfields. He is driven by the ball, so in the process of throwing and fetching, wildlife is scared off the airfield.”

Jackson Ring, BAC’s Wildlife Management & Planning Coordinator

 

Meet Ozzie

Ozzy Brisbane

Ozzie is an 18-month-old German Shepherd, who loves balls, despises birds, and has been with BAC for four months after failing to make the grade as a police dog with the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

While Ozzie may not have displayed the right traits for detection work, his incredible ball drive, agility and presence were perfect for BAC’s trail Canine Program.

The canine program complements the existing and passive management strategies already implemented at Brisbane Airport to reduce the frequency and severity of wildlife strikes.

“The real difference here is that Ozzie is a true predator, not a perceived threat like a number of our other strategies, so it eliminates the problems of habituation. It also aligns with our commitment to implementing non-lethal forms of wildlife management.”

Jackson Ring, BAC’s Wildlife Management & Planning Coordinator

Ozzie lives with Jackson and has built a close bond with his handler who describes him as a lover, not a fighter.

“He is a bundle of energy and has determination that enables more efficient coverage of a larger area, which is crucial with the new runway becoming operational in July.”

BAC has worked closely with the QPS to facilitate Ozzie’s training, which is ongoing.